Tanko denies confrontation between Appiah and Ayew

The Black Stars deputy coach has refuted reports that Dede had a confrontation with Kwesi Appiah after the clash with the Red Devils in Kumasi

Ghana assistant coach Ibrahim Tanko has rubbished reports that deputy captain Andre Ayew confronted head coach Kwesi Appiah after the Black Stars shared the spoils 1-1 with Congo in the first leg of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers in Kumasi on Friday.

The draw left Ghana's hopes of making it to a fourth consecutive World Cup finals hanging by a thread, with media reports suggesting the West Ham United midfielder questioned Appiah after the game on why Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and Wakaso Mubarak were left out of the squad.

"It's not true that he [Andre Ayew] confronted Kwesi Appiah on why players like Wakaso Mubarak and Agyemang Badu were not given a call up for the game against Congo in the World Cup qualifiers," Tanko told Agyenkwa FM.

"No player determines who must be selected to represent the country and who shouldn't make the squad. If Ayew had indeed confronted coach Appiah as many people have reported, he would've told me of such incident.

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"Meanwhile, he has not and nobody in the technical team has talked about such things so it's not true that happened after the draw against Congo in Kumasi," he added.

Ghana recovered from the shock of the first leg and defeated Congo 5-1 in the return fixture on Tuesday thanks to a hat-trick by Thomas Teye Partey and a brace from Richmond Boakye Yiadom.

With two games left, Ghana sit third in Group E with five points, four points behind leaders Egypt.